The cooler weather of Autumn marks the beginning of all types of fall activities. September and October are the months for u-pick apples, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple cider sampling, hayrides, giant pumpkin contests, fall festivals and harvest parades. Grab a sweater, comfortable shoes and head outdoors to enjoy a family adventure. Many of the best fall harvest activities are held at your local u-pick farm. We invite you to visit UPickFarmLocator.com to find a farm near you.
U-Pick Apple Orchards
The Stepp Family invites you to enjoy a day at Hillcrest Orchard, a 70-acre working farm and apple orchard on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The 38-acre orchard has 21 apple varieties and offer u-pick apples in the fall. There is also 5-acre corn maze to explore. Hillcrest Orchard was Hendersonville and Henderson County’s First Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchard.
If you haven’t carved your pumpkins yet, head to Priebe’s Pumpkin Patch in Crawfordsville, Indiana. With many different pumpkins in various colors, gourds, and plenty of great activities, you are in for an amazing day. Breathe in the crisp, fall air while embarking upon a hike along the nature trail or exploring the corn maze. With so much to do, an outing to Priebe’s makes a perfect autumn adventure.
Bring the kiddos for a day down on the farm that they’ll never forget! The Fall Fest at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley Pennsylvania is chock full of fun and adventure…find the perfect pumpkin, get lost in their 5 acre corn maze, and so much more. Come for the day and stay into the evening at Pumpkin Fest After Dark.
Sweet Apple Ciders
The Bishop Families have been making apple cider since the late 1930’s with the objective of always making superior-quality cider. A blend of apple varieties are used to create a flavor profile that is not only delicious, but consistent week in, week out. At Bishop’s Orchard in Guilford, Connecticut you’ll find a cider size to suit your needs from a 1 gallon container to a 6-pack cider chugger bottles.
Hay Wagon Rides
Take life a little slower and enjoy the beauty of fall foliage on a hayride through the woods at Leeds Farm in Ostrander Ohio. Along the hayride trail you are guaranteed to see wildlife native to Ohio woodlands, along with Shagbark Hickory and Maples that turn spectacular colors in the fall.
Giant Pumpkin Contests
Stillwater Harvest Fest in Stillwater Minnesota is the best place to view giant pumpkins. In 2018 they broke the world record for the heaviest weigh off ever. This means the weight of the top 10 pumpkins beat everyone else. Their harvest fest includes a chili cook-off, beer garden, giant pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin regatta, live music, kids costume parade, seasonal food vendors, kids’ tractor pull, face painting and pie eating contest.
Fall Harvest Festivals
The Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove Florida features a variety of fun activities for the whole family including a large pumpkin patch and carnival rides for all ages. Other activities include a cornstalk maze, dress-your-own scarecrow village, and tons of beautiful photo vignettes to capture that perfect Autumn photo. Attendees can also decorate their pumpkins right on-site, as well as enjoy savory & sweet pumpkin delights.
Viroqua Harvest Parade with giant puppets marching down Main Street, stilt walkers, unicyclists, music and food in the park, jugglers and clowns, fire dancing at dusk. It’s time to celebrate the harvest in Viroqua Wisconsin.
Looking for a Fall Harvest Festival? Most states have several to choose from with event dates ranging from early September through Thanksgiving. UPickFarmLocator has created a Fall Harvest Fest Pinterest Board full of festivals across the United States. Be sure to visit UPickFarmLocator.com to find u-pick apple orchards and pumpkin patches near you.